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Tips On How To Develop A Self-Care Routine That Works

Self-Care has been one thing that has been widely known, yet most often overlooked. We get too busy with our everyday routine and get too overwhelmed with responsibilities that we forget about taking care of ourselves.

There’s no doubt that those things that kept you busy are all important. But have you ever wondered how much more you can give or put out if you also give yourself some time too?

This Self-Care Routine, we’re going to talk about giving yourself an hour to power up your day. Yes! It’s time to change that attitude of how you wake-up every morning.

This is tips are especially for if any of these describes you:

  • You constantly hit that snooze button
  • You consistently feel like you’re out of time
  • You feel like you have no time to do anything for yourself in the morning—who does when you’ve got kids!

I’d raise my hands and feet if you’ve asked me this question a year ago. Mind you, I don’t hit that snooze button, but instead literally have another alarm set 30 minutes from my original alarm just so I could have that extra zzzz. It was only then that I realised that this contributes as lot on why I feel so sluggish and off even if I had a full night of sleep. Shouldn’t I feel well rested by then?!

Who do you wake-up for in the morning? Make a list and if your name isn’t in it, think again.

You should be the main reason why you wake-up. Before anything or anyone else, the motivation should be yourself. Having something to look forward to every morning aside from that long list of to-do’s can help make your mornings feel much better.

Changing your mindset is such a game changer in this game. This Self-Care Routine wouldn’t only help you feel pumped up every morning but you’ll also see some major bonus changes in your health and mood at the same time.

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The Power of Morning Routine

This routine doesn’t only help you break your old routines but develop habits that you can adapt and do throughout your life. it starts with you devoting 20 minutes to your mind, 20 minutes to your body, and 20 minutes to your soul. This hour would be allotted only for you and it would surely bring your all the goodness in your well-being.

Does it work?!

Let me tell you that while I’m not one of those night owl, but my energy is mostly at its peek towards the end of the day. I’m just that usual mom who drags herself to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for the family and would usually go back to bed any chance I could to add another 5 minutes to my sleep.

So having an hour set to do this, I honestly felt very skeptical to try myself. It’s surprising though how I didn’t mind much of that extra sleep I’m missing but instead was looking forward to waking-up again the next morning.

These days, I feel more productive, my stress levels decrease, and my outlook is more positive when I start my day with this morning routine.

How does it work?

Choose Three Activities

Your start by choosing three activities from the list below for your mind, body, and soul. Feel free to add to this list any activity that you fancy and think would add to this positive change in your morning routine.

Set Your Time

I like to start this process the night before as you know your mornings are also affected by how your night before that is. This means letting go of those movie nights or an hour scrolling your social media which you always intend to do to relax you but not knowingly adds up to your restless body. Imagine all those nights you choose to sleep as soon as you go to bed instead of grabbing your phone or remote control.

Let’s get realistic though and not blame anything/anyone for your lack of rest. Accountability is a must! This means, whatever happens to your day is because of you, and only you. Setting your mind to do something you want would help make this transition to a better you more bearable on the first days of this new routine.

Don’t be afraid to alter the activities as needed. Take baby steps if you need to and just focus on one area (mind, body, or soul) for 20 minutes each day. Remember that your intention in doing this is not only to change your routine but also to enjoy yourself doing it. Stressing yourself into doing things you don’t want wouldn’t make it a sustainable one.

Use a Timer

Do each activity for 20 minutes. Make sure to time yourself. Know that you don’t have to do this in any particular order. Just choose the thing that excites you the most first. I like to wake up, go for a run while praying the rosary (15 mins) then after listen to inspiring podcasts. I will then have a cup of coffee while either reading our journalling.

Below is a list of activities you can choose from:

Mind

Body

Soul

  • Playing an instrument
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Reading a non-fiction book
  • Watching a TED talk
  • Baking or cooking
  • Starting a DIY project

Your Challenge

This routine has helped me tremendously to better care for myself and I think it will really benefit you too! I now challenge you to grab the guidebook! See for yourself how you get excited about wake up, be able to squeeze in exercise without hating it, and makes you feel more motivated and inspired in your days. Give it a go and let me know how much it had helped you!

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